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OH Police Kill Fleeing Man They Say 'Almost Struck' Officer With Minivan

Joe Frasure, 28, died on Tuesday after being shot by Wyoming, Oh., police officers the day before. Family members say Frasure was cleaning out his dead grandmother's apartment, The Guardian says. Police said Frasure tried to drive away when police responded to a report of a possible burglary. Officers said they encountered two people at the apartment when they arrived, but both of them tried to flee. Frasure made it to a vehicle and tried to drive away, the sheriff's office reported. Police said Frasure "almost struck an officer ... causing that officer and another officer on scene to fire their duty weapons." A neighbor who witnessed the shooting said Frasure was driving through some grass in a minivan in an attempt to leave the area using a different driveway, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office initially investigated the shooting but said Tuesday the case "now belongs" to the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office.

On Wednesday, Hamilton County released the 911 that prompted police to come to the building. A neighbor, who said he could see the building from his house, attempted to call the non-emergency line for the Wyoming Police Department, but was routed to a general dispatcher. He said he saw two or three people in the building which was supposed to be vacant. "I'm seeing people walking around it and doing maybe suspicious things at a late hour," he said. "Maybe someone could come check it out." Neighbor Derrick Moore said he and other nearby residents have been concerned about the property for many months. Police went to the apartment frequently. Between Oct. 10 and Jan. 11, police received at least 33 calls about the property. Most were about domestic disturbances and disputes between residents. Frasure was not named in any of the complaints.


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